What does tough mean?

Definitions for tough
tʌftough

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tough.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. street fighter, tough(noun)

    someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing

  2. hood, hoodlum, goon, punk, thug, tough, toughie, strong-armer(noun)

    an aggressive and violent young criminal

  3. bully, tough, hooligan, ruffian, roughneck, rowdy, yob, yobo, yobbo(adj)

    a cruel and brutal fellow

  4. tough(adj)

    not given to gentleness or sentimentality

    "a tough character"

  5. rugged, tough(adj)

    very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution

    "a rugged competitive examination"; "the rugged conditions of frontier life"; "the competition was tough"; "it's a tough life"; "it was a tough job"

  6. tough, toughened(adj)

    physically toughened

    "the tough bottoms of his feet"

  7. sturdy, tough(adj)

    substantially made or constructed

    "sturdy steel shelves"; "sturdy canvas"; "a tough all-weather fabric"; "some plastics are as tough as metal"

  8. ruffianly, tough(adj)

    violent and lawless

    "the more ruffianly element"; "tough street gangs"

  9. bad, tough(adj)

    feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')

    "my throat feels bad"; "she felt bad all over"; "he was feeling tough after a restless night"

  10. tough(adj)

    resistant to cutting or chewing

  11. hard, tough(adj)

    unfortunate or hard to bear

    "had hard luck"; "a tough break"

  12. baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical, tough(adj)

    making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe

    "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home"

Wiktionary

  1. tough(Noun)

    A person who obtains things by force; a thug or bully.

    They were doing fine until they encountered a bunch of toughs from the opposition.

    Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

  2. tough(Verb)

    To endure.

    Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

  3. tough(Verb)

    To toughen.

    Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

  4. tough(Adjective)

    strong and resilient; sturdy

    The tent, made of tough canvas, held up to many abuses.

    Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

  5. tough(Adjective)

    difficult to cut or chew

    To soften a tough cut of meat, the recipe suggested simmering it for hours.

    Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

  6. tough(Adjective)

    rugged or physically hardy

    Only a tough species will survive in the desert.

    Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

  7. tough(Adjective)

    Stubborn.

    He had a reputation as a tough negotiator.

    Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

  8. tough(Adjective)

    harsh or severe

    Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

  9. tough(Adjective)

    rowdy or rough.

    A bunch of the tough boys from the wrong side of the tracks threatened him.

    Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

  10. tough(Adjective)

    difficult or demanding

    This is a tough crowd.

    Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

  11. tough(Adjective)

    Undergoing plastic deformation before breaking.

    Etymology: From toh, from tanhuz.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tough

    having the quality of flexibility without brittleness; yielding to force without breaking; capable of resisting great strain; as, the ligaments of animals are remarkably tough

  2. Tough

    not easily broken; able to endure hardship; firm; strong; as, tough sinews

  3. Tough

    not easily separated; viscous; clammy; tenacious; as, tough phlegm

  4. Tough

    stiff; rigid; not flexible; stubborn; as, a tough bow

  5. Tough

    severe; violent; as, a tough storm

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tough

    tuf, adj. not easily broken: firm: stiff, viscous, sticky: stubborn, hard to manage, trying: violent: tenacious: able to endure hardship.—n. a rough, a bully.—v.t. or v.i. Tough′en, to make or become tough.—adj. Tough′ish, rather tough.—adv. Tough′ly.—n. Tough′ness. [A.S. tóh; cog. with Ger. zähe.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tough' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3162

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tough' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2971

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tough' in Adjectives Frequency: #328

How to pronounce tough?

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    Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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    Indian

How to say tough in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tough in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tough in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of tough in a Sentence

  1. Amy Poehler:

    It's a tough time to survive.

  2. New York:

    The tough thing with her inall of our transplants -- we breakit down into the first 24 hours, the first week, the first month orso, and there are all these differentmilestones to make sure thereare no surgical complicationsimmediately.We want to see that theres noproblems with rejection, withEds liver.

  3. Andrew Young:

    We believe that Burkina Faso are in a tough fight and the fight is getting tougher, there's new tools that are available for us to grow our deep security relationship.

  4. Veronique Gillardeau:

    You can't say activity is like it was before COVID. As long as the restaurants are shut, it's going to be tough for us.

  5. Bill Emerson:

    Detroit is just a tough, gritty city, wayne Daniels has said this for years :' It's at the intersection of muscle and brains.' It's an area of the country where folks understand hard work... They are passionate about and committed to their city.

Images & Illustrations of tough

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